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EY Award for founder of employee-owned home-care social enterprise

24 October 2016 17:00


Newcastle business leader Dr Guy Turnbull, founder and MD of home care services provider Care and Share Associates ONE (CASA), has been named an 'EY Entrepreneur of the Year UK 2016 Social Enterprise Award’ winner.

Based in Jesmond, CASA is an employee-owned social enterprise specialising in providing care and support to people living in their own homes.

The judges praised Dr Turnbull’s strong clarity of direction together with his success, in developing a highly innovative business model that meets not just his customers’ demands but also those of his employees. The judges also commented upon his resilience, overcoming many difficulties - he was born with cerebral palsy - and his great entrepreneurial skill and personal integrity.

CASA now has branches in North Tyneside, Newcastle, Manchester, Warrington, Knowsley, Leeds, Liverpool and has recently won a contract to deliver its home care services to people with complex needs in Doncaster from October.

CASA recently secured investment from Big Issue Invest, the social investment arm of The Big Issue. With their investment support, Dr Turnbull has ambitious plans to double the size of the company over the next five years.

Daniel Wilson-Dodd, Investment Director at Big Issue Invest, said: “At a time when the social care sector and care funding is under pressure, it's great to see Dr Turnbull recognised for his dedication to providing excellent home care services."

Simon Whiteside, Director and North East Entrepreneur of the Year Leader at EY, said: “CASA works in one of the most challenging sectors within the UK economy. Faced with deep cuts in available resources, domestic social care for the elderly and the vulnerable is proving very hard to maintain.

“Guy’s own personal approach to his business, his customers and his staff is both exceptional and innovative.”

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